Gluten-Free

Creamy Kefir Chicken Alfredo

We lightened up this creamy and delicious Chicken Alfredo with probiotic-rich kefir, which not only offers a tangy richness but has immune-boosting benefits as well.

Servings
4
Prep Time
25 min
Duration
25 min

Ingredients

  • 2 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups (14 oz) spiralized butternut squash noodles
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 cup whole-milk kefir (Try: Lifeway Organic Kefir Cultured Whole Milk Plain)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss mushrooms with one-half of oil and one-half each of salt and pepper. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet; bake until mushrooms are browning, about 30 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat remaining one-half of oil on medium. Add onion; cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in bell pepper, garlic and thyme; sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in spinach and remaining one-half of each salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside.
  4. Transfer about one-quarter of roasted mushrooms to a cutting board and slice thinly. Place remaining mushrooms in a food processor. Pulse 6 to 8 times, until chopped but not puréed. Add rice, oats and flax; pulse 6 to 8 more times to incorporate (mixture should still have some chunks). Transfer to bowl with vegetable mixture; stir in eggs, cheese and mustard.
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high; mist with cooking spray. Pour in mushroom mixture and flatten top with a spatula. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until firm and edges are golden.
  6. In the last 10 minutes of baking, prepare gravy: In a small saucepan, whisk together broth and arrowroot. Add sliced mushrooms, garlic and thyme. Bring to a boil then simmer, stirring, for 8 minutes. Remove garlic and thyme; whisk in butter.
  7. Slice bake into wedges; serve with mushroom gravy.

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Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories 279
  • Carbohydrate Content 19 g
  • Cholesterol Content 56 mg
  • Fat Content 14 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 21.5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 489 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 7 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g